By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Is rbGH (rbST) safe for dairy cows?

Bit more than normalMuch more than normalTOO MUCH!!!

Imagine your internal organs exploding from
within. If you continue to enjoy dairy products,
the picture I am about to paint for you will be
hazardous to your psyche.

During the approval process for rbGH, Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
(now in America's cheese, ice cream, and milk),
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined
that growth hormone treatment was perfectly safe
and painless for dairy cows.

Both Monsanto and FDA claimed that rbGH injections
were safe for dairy cows. Stolen internal
confidential documents (published by the dairy
industry newsletter MILKWEED) prove otherwise.

Imagine an 1800 pound cow losing more than six
percent of her body weight (over 100 pounds)
during one year of milking.

During that weight loss, what would you guess
would be the effect on her body organs? Would
the organs also shrink or remain the same size?

Imagine that same new miracle diet for women,
approved by FDA. All you have to do is receive an
injection of growth hormones every two weeks as
dairy cows do. You weigh 150 pounds at the
beginning of your diet, and after one year weigh
just 141 pounds. What do imagine would happen to
your liver and heart? How about your adrenal
gland or thyroid?

How about a woman's ovaries? Would they remain the
same size or shrink proportionally to her overall
body mass?


While stressed dairy cows lost weight, their body
organs grew enormously!

Adrenal glands squirt adrenaline into a mammal's
system during stressful events. This powerful
chemical is responsible for the "fight or flight"

Cows treated with low doses of rbGH lost an
average of 90 pounds, but their adrenal glands
grew by a factor of 21% over the control group
(cows not treated with rbGH). The medium dose
group experienced increases of 46%, while the
high dosed group had adrenal growth of 51%.

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating
metabolism. The low dose group experienced 7%
growth increases. The medium dose group
experienced a 17% increase, while the high dose
group experienced a 61% increase over controls.

Liver and heart weights increased by double-digit
factors in the medium and high dose groups. Ovary
weights increased in excess of twenty percent in
all three groups.

If FDA learned of these adverse effects in a
human medicine, they would immediately remove
that hazardous poison from the market place.

This is dangerous, folks. To cows and humans.
We drink their body fluids. We drink their
hormones. Their adverse effects become ours.

No biological effects?  Here are the actual data:

                CONTROL    LOW    MEDIUM    HIGH
                 GROUP     DOSE    DOSE     DOSE

TOTAL WEIGHT    1591 lbs   1501    1509    1487

THYROID         1.24 ozs   1.33    1.45    2.00
LIVER           23.9 lbs   23.9    27.0    26.8
HEART            7.5 lbs    7.5     9.0     9.0
ADRENAL         1.15 ozs   1.39    1.68    1.73
KIDNEY           3.7 lbs    4.1     5.1     5.3
OVARY           0.82 ozs   0.99    1.07    1.10

I cannot forgive the scientists who saw the
truth and urged approval of a treatment that
allows the animals to live in pain
for the sake of their company profits.

I cannot forgive the government regulators
who benefit by the revolving door policy
created by pharmaceutical companies who
hire regulators with high paying jobs that
continues a rotten system. These regulators
had to have seen the scientific evidence.
What turned them deaf, dumb, and blind to
the truth?

I cannot forgive the dairy farmers who pretend
to care for their animals, while administering
dose after dose of internal pain.

When man learns an evil truth, however painful
that truth may be, he loses his innocence and
is no longer naive. There is just one single
moment of truth when that educated man steps
over his threshold, separating all that is good
from all that is evil. Once over the line
separating the ethical from the non-ethical,
there is no recapturing one's dignity.

The innocent animals continue to explode from
within from man's biotechnically induced torture

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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